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Should my sprained ankle still be unable to bear weight one week later?

Should my sprained ankle still be unable to bear weight one week later?

Possibly: For a more severe sprain, weightbearing may take several weeks. I would recommend evaluation by a specialist to make sure you only have a sprain. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more


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Is it normal that my sprained ankle is still be unable to bear any weight a week later?

Is it normal that my sprained ankle is still be unable to bear any weight a week later?

Sprained ankle: Treating sprained ankles has changed over the years mostly due to professional athletes. You need to see a doctor. The days of "just walk it off" are over. With treatment, you will be healed in 3 weeks, just like a pro. ...Read more

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2nd grade ankle sprain. Limped around from day 1 and continued to let ankle bear weight. Now, 5th week, still have pain walking. What should I do now?

2nd grade ankle sprain. Limped around from day 1 and continued to let ankle bear weight. Now, 5th week, still have pain walking. What should I do now?

Ankle sprain : After the initial sprain, during the acute phase your physician should have recommended rice(rest, ice, compression, elevation). After a couple of weeks , after the swelling goes down , it is very important to strengthen the ligaments by intense physical therapy .If pain persists you may need to see your physician for other treatment options such as a corticosteroid injection and a supportive device. ...Read more

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Ankle sprain occurred 12 days ago but still cannot walk or bear weight on it. I have been using crutches and attempting to walk on it but it gives out?

Ankle sprain occurred 12 days ago but still cannot walk or bear weight on it. I have been using crutches and attempting to walk on it but it gives out?

Ankle injury: I would definitely have that foot evaluated by a physician. You could have sustained a fracture. Also, you may require a cast or boot to stabilize the ankle while it heals. Otherwise you may continue to injure an already injured ankle. Not being able to bear weight is concerning. If there is significant swelling I would seek help as soon as possible. ...Read more

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4 weeks into a sprained ankle, still swollen, can walk with a limp, some pain. I can bare some weight but no great improvement. Is this normal?

Ankle sprain : I would say ankle sprains are drastically under treated. You are 4 weeks post injury still with pain and swelling. This cn lead to functional instability see your local podiatrist asap. ...Read more

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I've had hard cast for 4 week for severely sprained ankle still hurts, when it comes off fri. Will I be able to put weight on. How long for pain stop?

I've had hard cast for 4 week for severely sprained ankle still hurts, when it comes off fri. Will I be able to put weight on. How long for pain stop?

You should be ok: You'll probably get a walking splint & be scheduled for intensive physical therapy. Let your doc know about your pain, & do keep your therapy appointments. Your sprain should be healing well. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 4 weeks ago still swollen and pain that shoots up my leg at times. hurts to put a little weight on it?

Perhaps: Yu should be suing crutches and not stepping on the ankle which sounds like its not a simple strain but rather a grade two or three. Ice as often as possible. Keep it elevated when possible. Is it wrapped up? If not, sounds like it should until the immediate swelling goes down. Walking on a badly sprained and can lead to chronic lateral ankle instability. ...Read more